The ecosystem of Crete, full of pine trees and aromatic thyme bushes, offers the ideal environment for the production of a very special honey; a honey with a beautiful amber colour, rich thyme aromas and a strong, authentic flavour. "Meligyris” is a company located in Heraklion’s village of Arkalochori, in Crete. Manolis Stefanakis, the founder of "Meligyris”, is a producer who leaves nothing to chance. When asked, he compares this particular honey to that of the Minoan Era, because of the honey’s steady taste and unperturbed flavor.
Manolis Stefanakis collects and standardizes his honey in as careful a way as possible to ensure that it remains pure and retains its precious sensory traits. The fragrances of this pine & forest honey are evocative of Greek summers in the countryside and offer a complex bouquet. Amber-colored, this honey is characterized by intensity, authentic taste, and a caressing, velvety texture. Lose yourself in this sweet and nutritional world of a Greek product that brings you close to the Greek land and tradition in the most delicious of ways.
- Never use a spoon that has come into contact with your mouth to scoop any honey from the jar again as saliva enzymes alter the honey's composition and structure.
- Crystallization is one of the characteristics of honey. It is a completely natural process during which the honey takes on a semi-solid state. It is a biological phenomenon of natural, raw honey, which does not alter its nutritional properties. Crystallization is observed in almost all types of honey at different times for each variety. We can easily liquefy the honey again by immersing the jar in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes.
How To Enjoy
- Stir a spoonful of honey in your tea or coffee instead of reach for the empty calories of sugar. Slather some good butter on toast and top it with honey. Drizzle some honey into your Greek yogurt or ice cream or create a wholesome snack by mixing it with dried figs and nuts.
- Honey should be stored in a cool and dry place, away from any exposure to humidity, light, or and heat. Keep the lid firmly closed as honey can absorb external odors which destroy its discrete aromas. Never use a spoon that has come into contact with your
The history of honey begins in ancient times when it held a prominent position in everyday nutrition. It continued to be a key nutritional element for centuries on end. Ancient Greeks believed that honey was the food of the gods of Olympus (Nectar of the Gods). The first references to honey’s beneficial properties are encountered in Greek mythology. According to myth, Aristaeus, son of the god Apollo and Nymph Kyrene, was fed nectar and ambrosia so that he may become immortal. The writings of Hippocrates, the ancient Greek father of medicine, and of philosophers Aristotle and Democritus show that honey was a food staple in antiquity. Those three eminent figures of Greek History refer to the antiseptic and medicinal properties that honey carries for human health and longevity. During Byzantine times, honey continued to be a food staple, especially at monasteries. It is evident that from ancient Greek times to contemporary times, honey has been known as a product of exceptional nutritional value and a significant contributor to health and longevity. The Mediterranean Diet and especially the Cretan Diet include honey as a key ingredient in almost all of their interpretations.
From ancient times to the present, honey has been significant as the symbol of fertility and healthy living. The symbolic significance of the sweetness honey has can be observed in many of the Greek customs.
The contribution of honey to nutrition has been proven to be equally strong. It contains simple sugars which are absorbed by the human body instantly, thus boosting energy levels. It also contains a number of vitamins and precious trace minerals. Honey is used as a tonic and antiseptic, it has an antibacterial action, it is employed in dressing wounds and burns, it helps with the smooth function of the intestinal tract, alleviates sleeplessness, soothes throat soreness and stomach ulcers, and has a beneficial effect on the human body overall.
Heraklion, Crete, is known for its centuries-old history and iconic natural vistas. Its sharp contrasts in terrain, its magical beaches and their diversity, its clement microclimate, and its archaeological treasures of worldwide fame compose Heraklion’s magnificent profile. All of the area of Heraklion is known for its one-of-a-kind landscapes: Rocky mountains dotted with caves and caverns, ravines and precipices, narrow trails and passes, tranquil beaches with crystal-clear waters, and a wilderness which is the habitat of rare flora and fauna. The history of the area begins in Greek Mythology with the birth of Zeus and continues with the development of the Minoan civilization which stamped the history of Crete as well as that of Europe’s. The Byzantine period follows, with Christianity spreading throughout the area. Venetian rule comes next, a historical period during which Heraklion rises to prominence becoming an economic power and a cultural hub, only to be followed by Turkish rule which lasts until 1898 when the island of Crete was liberated.Heraklion is the capital of Crete and the island’s largest city in southern Greece. It is Greece’s fourth largest city and has one of the most significant ports in the Mediterranean.
Since ancient times, Crete has been linked to the most evocative legends. The names of King Minos, of Ariadne, and of the Minotaur unravel through an endless yarn of myths. In all likelihood, Heraklion was named after Idaean Heracles, the mythical founder of the Olympic Games. The history of the area begins in Greek Mythology with the birth of Zeus and continues with the development of the Minoan civilization which stamped the history of Crete as well as that of Europe’s. The Byzantine period follows with Christianity spreading throughout the area. Venetian rule comes next, a historical period (1204–1669) during which Heraklion rises to prominence becoming an economic power and a cultural hub. Venetian rule is succeeded by Turkish rule which lasts until 1898 when the island of Crete was liberated. In 1898, Heraklion becomes part of the newly established Cretan State which, in turn, was annexed to Greece in 1913. Heraklion, Crete is known for its centuries-old history and iconic natural vistas. Its sharp contrasts in terrain, its magical beaches and their diversity, its clement microclimate, and its archaeological treasures of worldwide fame compose Heraklion’s magnificent profile. All of the area of Heraklion is known for its one-of-a-kind landscapes: rocky mountains dotted with caves and caverns, steep ravines and drops, narrow trails and passes, and tranquil beaches with crystal-clear waters never fail to captivate visitors. The wide diversity in flora and fauna on the island make for a varied Cretan fare of outstanding goods. Just like the rest of Crete, Heraklion is a blessed land where, the diversity in terroir, encourages various goods to thrive, showcasing those products’ sensory characteristics. Genuine flavors and wholesome local products compose the renowned Cretan Diet whose high nutritional value has rightfully earned it top ranking.